Saturday, January 26, 2013

Over capacity




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And I am IN the mainstream :
news, gossip, images, messages
like an anxious teenager who doesn't
want to miss the hottest & trendiest topic--

I like LIKE, LIKE all of my FB messages,
One of many 800 million users crowding 
DASHBOARD, like a frantic morse code tapping away--  

I FAVORITE and tweet, ReTWEET,
in the sea of 50 million messages a day, 
faster than a speeding bullet or television news,
folLOW, Follow is a click away-- 

up to the M1nute stream and tap, TAP, 
I have more friends than I ever had
most of whom I have never met (nor will meet) 
face to face--

But it's fine really, I get connected with  
many people from different countries, it's cool
as long as they are not messaging me about buying their Stuff--

hey maybe I can find love too, easily 
Disposable as chat, Post, Poke, Link.....
"We are very sorry.  Our servers are over capacity.."  

REFRESH, DELETE and Just Unfollow 

WhAT, did you say I am miss-
ing the most important thing : 
my REAL life, following my own rules --

reBLoGGing from Tumblr :  




Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - Poetics: Reaching the Masses

In real life, I am  hardly in FB nor twitter nor tumblr, though I have accounts.  While I find all of these social media intriguing, I am careful not to be overwhelmed nor addicted to it.  But these have changed relationships, both personally and professionally.  

51 comments:

  1. oh dang...lots of energy in this..and so creative in your delivery as well...ha....love it...where is that like button...smiles...i got off FB 2 years ago...woohoo! i tweet but really its only to retweet and promote the pub mostly...i drop a few things a week but..its consuming...cool cycle of life as well...had not seen that...very cool write grace...

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    1. I couldn't find the LIKE button, Brian ~ Smiles ~ I only use my twitter to promote my poetry too ~

      Thanks for the wonderful prompt Brian ~

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  2. ha... social media can be a jungle...think we have yet to learn to balance is as it is still relatively new..and def. have to be careful not to miss real life as well..

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    1. Yes, it is a jungle ~ Thanks Claudia ~

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  3. Grace--love this and it is so very TRUE.

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  4. Grace, what a creative social commentary. I don't tweet or FB. But I do blog and it's time consuming. I tell myself that at least I set some limits. Great poem. I like the circle of no life.

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    1. It's time consuming, I agree ~ Thanks Myrna ~

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  5. I agree with all other comments here - Very creative, thoughtful and thoroughly delightful take on the prompt and the issue! :)

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  6. Grace I do not twit...but you can find me on FB under my name Mark Durfee we can become a new social dynamic there...but I AM adding you to my blogroll because that is how i try to keep up.

    be Well

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    1. Nice to see you Mark ~ This is one of the benefits of social media that I like ~

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  7. Oh, yes! and I was going to leave facebook but then my new poetry Blogger friends decided to have faces there! So I have words and voice in blogger, photos in face and have yet to miss the rest of the bodies! (I like your poem very much, but cannot find the LIKE button . . . . )

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    1. Like, I can't find it ~ Thanks Susan ~

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  8. Grace, this is so brilliantly observed and really well written too. I read it out loud - much like the Television poem by Todd Alcott - and it is jut so cool; all the verbal prompts are right there for the performer.

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    1. The television poem was an inspiration Tony ~ Thanks for the visit ~

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  9. oh Grace this is crazy and for this I dont use facebook and neither twitter really is so much for me, only my blog (and use my mail to talk with friends)
    XXX GLORIA

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    1. I know Gloria, too many accounts drive me nuts ~ Your food recipes are too yummy ~

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  10. Such truths here, Grace. I think sometimes people's cyber lives (with blogs, twitter, facebook, etc.) seem to take precedence over people's real lives. I do think it is good that people set limits for themselves.

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    1. I have to constantly remind myself of this too Mary ~ Thanks for the visit ~

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  11. So true Heaven--I think it's the same sort of in-group, out-group popularity contest as ever with humans, just magnified as you say 800 million times, all just playing to our basest insecurities. You portray it well, all the Likes and Follows, and the last image is extremely apropos.

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  12. So true... I think society as a whole has become ADHD b/c of all of this at our fingertips.

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  13. Yeah takes a ton of work to keep up with them all, as one must like away at there hall. Or so they say, I tend ignore them most times at my bay.

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  14. If I had more time, I'd use twitter more..a lot of great information shared that way..Facebook is worth very little of my time, and I haven't really watched TV for decades.

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  15. This is terrific...so easy to get carried away with all this social media...I cancelled my FB account two years ago...couldn't stand it really...all that poking about. Anyway love the fast pace, crazy style and tone of this one.

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  16. Witty and fun, I agree. It's hard to live with a foot in both worlds and have a stable life. Well done.

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  17. This is really cool and creative!

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  18. I know way too many who pretty much live on these sites... it's such a sad thing that they rely on social media for there happiness.

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  19. ...to be able to make our own rules..that is an imposition isn't it? Nice write, Grace ;)

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  20. ...well i had never got so addicted in fb the way i used to be in blogging... very seldom i visit my account on fb probably it was not actually my intention to create one but rather i was forced to have one...yep, one of my prof in college forced her students to have fb account & add her... from there she would update us of the latest assignments, projects, topics for exams, recitations etc etc...ah, she's freak...ha... our world these days are really overoccupied by non sensible things...what more to come tomorrow? and the next days? enjoyed this Grace a lot...really current & calls for open debate...smiles...

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  21. Finding love online ... well, happens nowadays, but does it have a guarantee?

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  22. great response Grace. I really like this circle of no life image, so very true. I never got on board with Facebook, guess I'm one in 800 million on that front, but never took the time to diagnosis the advantage of using FB over blogging. As for twitter, at first I really liked the novelty of it, and posted quite frequently, but now I primarily use it to promote my own and other's work. Tumblr is fun, but it's just another of so many and yeah, you totally can get caught up in all of these media outlets, where ironically they're termed social, despite robbing any social sense from the people as a whole. Great write and read. Thanks

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  23. Grace this is great! When I first saw this in my inbox I thought it was an ad to follow you on twitter!

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  24. This is SO clever! Absolutely delightful.

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  25. I think about this phenomenon often. Was thinking yesterday how so many of my "friends" are just black words on a white background.
    Well done, Tash!

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  26. OOPS! Sorry, Grace! I read Tastoo's poem just before I read yours! Imagine me blushing and stuttering!

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  27. Mulling over giving up facebook for Lent this year. This has given me more motivation :-)

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  28. I love the instant publication of a blog with pics and videos...creating an organic poetry magazine with reader response. Face book and twitter is not for me.

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  29. This is all so very true...and I am VERY guilty of it... :)

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  30. This is so clever, Grace, and so true. Very well done,,, I do find myself a participating,,I won't make excuses :-)

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  31. Great piece Grace. So well done. I loved it, every word and line. :-D Especially the circle of no life at the end.

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  32. Hmmmm, I couldn't feel where the sarcasm boundaries were here. But isn't that indeed our lives. Loved the "Circle of Life"
    I'd love to see folks do poems on the deceptive lure of poetry blogging.

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  33. I probably have an account with every one of those social network sites just to see what they are about. I mainly use facebook but even so, just not into the habit of sharing regularly and I am very particular about who gets to see what. I think they are great social tools but have to be careful not to get caught up and become obsessed with them.

    Your poem rightly expresses the frantic activity of social networking in cyberspace. There's so many possibilities, and there's also the feeling that somehow it might all be shallow. Also it's an interesting point in that all this can cause one to be overwhelmed and you might miss out more than if you weren't so constantly connected and updated.

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  34. Very true Grace! Lovely poem!
    I'm still addicted to facebook, but trying to have control these days.

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  35. yes i feel like a hamster in a wheel sometimes. but it does feel like we are connected at a time when broadcast media is having difficulties.

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  36. Amen.

    As you know, I have lived through this nightmare. You captured it beautifully.

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  37. really love this piece Grace and the way your thoughts/ideas are brought out visually; so creative!!

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  38. Love this piece, Grace. I don't belong to any of the social media--too much unnecessary chatter I have no time or inclination for. I blog once or twice a week, and that I enjoy and the connections I've made here are more fulfilling. We exchange intellectual and inspiring topics through poetry and images. Art is what I'm interested in, not noise. Well written, Grace. :)

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